Qatar backs political solution for Syria

February 27, 2014 - 3:34:40 am

Residents of Syria’s besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, crowding a destroyed street during food distribution by the United Nation Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in a picture released by the agency yesterday.

TEHRAN: Qatar’s Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah said yesterday his country and Iran both back a “political solution” to the conflict in Syria despite their support for opposite sides.

“Everyone is agreed on one point, that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through a political solution,” Al Attiyah told a joint news conference in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“There is a difference of views despite other points of commonalities. We consider them (Syrian rebels) revolutionary people calling for their rights in the face of fire and bullets,” Attiyah added.

Qatar and Iran are at loggerheads over the three-year-old war in Syria that has torn the country apart and cost more than 140,000 lives. Tehran is a staunch supporter of President Bashar 

Al Assad’s regime, while Doha is a key backer of the Syrian rebels fighting to oust him. 

Meanwhile, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad killed at least 175 Islamist rebel fighters, most of them foreigners, in an ambush in insurgent-held eastern outskirts of Damascus, state media said yesterday. The attack was led by the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah which has joined the government in a increasingly sectarian conflict. AGENCIES